There are two big industry conferences happening this week. I'm really sorry to have had to miss the ISGB Gathering this year - mainly because it is for the first time so very, very close. Rochester! Even if you're not a beadmaker - The Gathering hosts an open to the public bead bazaar. See up close and personal some of the best beads from your favourite artists. Road trip anyone? :-)
The other big happening is the CHA - Craft & Hobby Association conference. Anyone who owns a craft related retail business should be there. Lots of educational opportunities, plus you get a chance to see the latest and greatest from the manufacturers.
The first part of the conference is for industry members, but they also have an open to the public show this weekend in Rosemont, IL. Details here
This one is driveable as well - if you consider a 10 hour drive - driveable :-) I've done it, and 10 hour road trips are not all they're cracked up to be...
And I think I forgot about one more- Beadfest Philly is around this time as well. How does one decide?